Assemblyman Will Barclay announced that the Central Square and Baldwinsville public libraries have been awarded public library construction grant funds.
Baldwinsville Public Library, located at 33 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville, has been awarded $7,410 to enhance the current public announcement and paging system in the library. The money will also help transform the story time room into a second, fully functional community room.
Central Square Public Library, located at 637 S. Main St., Central Square, has been awarded $4,300 to address energy efficiency issues by upgrading the electrical and lighting systems.
The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2014 State Budget.
“I am pleased these grant awards went to our local libraries. We know what a resource the libraries are to our entire region. From young readers to job seekers, our libraries provide a place for people of all ages to connect and share, access information, and to enhance the quality of life for area residents. More than 48% of the over 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. I’m pleased these enhancements will be able to be made at both the Central Square and Baldwinsville public libraries,” said Barclay.
Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots, among other things.
New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, can be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or renovated space.
Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority.